Poems

Poems

Postby inthegobi » Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:50 pm

'Always Marry an April Girl'

Praise the spells and bless the charms,
I found April in my arms.
April golden, April cloudy,
Gracious, cruel, tender, rowdy;
April soft in flowered languor,
April cold with sudden anger,
Ever changing, ever true --
I love April, I love you.

Ogden Nash, Versus.
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Re: Poems

Postby Michael-D » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:58 pm

Wonderful.

Ogden has some words of wisdom to keep the marriage brimming, as well. :-)
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Re: Poems

Postby seamas o dalaigh » Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:08 pm

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain...

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Re: Poems

Postby inthegobi » Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:28 pm

James, I've never understood how I am to take April being called 'cruel' in Eliot's poem - except it's cruel to take me out of my winter's deathlike slumber and wrong-headed cosiness?

Pre-Modern rather than post-Modern:

April is in my mistress' face,
And July in her eyes hath grace;
Within her bosom is September,
But in her heart a cold December

(Madrigal, Thomas Morley)

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Re: Poems

Postby seamas o dalaigh » Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:42 pm

Chris,

Eliot expects his reader to be familiar with Chaucer, to whom he alludes...

Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
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Re: Poems

Postby inthegobi » Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:21 am

James,

Well, yes, but I'm puzzled how to understand the narrator calling April 'cruellest' yet not giving much evidence of cruelty. Maybe I'm *supposed* to be at least puzzled by this? I'm also puzzled how to understand the narrator himself. Am I to condemn Eliot's narrator (not Eliot) for his cramped view, if not his perversion of Chaucer?

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Re: Poems

Postby seamas o dalaigh » Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:51 pm

Chris,

No, but obviously it's a very dark poem.
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Re: Poems

Postby Retsinab » Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:53 pm

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And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
The Gospel of Saint Matthew, 25:40 (NAB)

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Re: Poems

Postby Gabriel » Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:53 am

And then a memory of my introduction to the toys of science some sixty years ago:

How pierceful grows the hazy yon!
How myrtle petaled thou!
For spring hath sprung the
cyclotron,
How high browse thou, Brown Cow?


courtesy Churchey LaFemme and songs of the Pogo.
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